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On this weeklong cruise onboard the Silver Whisper, encounter Alaskan wildlife while learning about the rich Indigenous culture and distinct history of southern Alaska. Sail along the famed Inside Passage from Vancouver, Canada, to Seward, Alaska. Keep an eye out for Alaska's beautiful wildlife, including whales, bears, and moose, and enjoy relaxing hikes through stunning, lush green rainforests with expert guides. Admire the power of glaciers as they change the landscape and drop icebergs into the sea. 
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Highlights
  • Explore the busy cultural and culinary delights of the city of Vancouver.
  • Explore Alaska's stunning winter scenery and take a trip over the famed Inside Passage.
  • Admire the most precious totems in existence at Ketchikan.
  • Get up close and personal with some of Seward's most breathtaking sights and landscapes.
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Day 1: Vancouver, Canada | Embark

A big part of Vancouver's appeal is how easily you can swap the skyscrapers for whale-filled oceans and mountain-punctured skies.
Feast your senses in the contrasts of a modern city tucked between some of the world’s expansive sceneries.  One minute you are walking the busy urban city, the next you are in hiking in the mountain or fishing in its teeming rivers and seas.
Music, culture, and art lovers rub shoulder to shoulder with rugged mountaineers, explorers, and outdoorsmen. The art crowd hangs out at Vancouver Art Gallery or the Contemporary Art Gallery. Consummate outdoorsmen and women frequent Vancouver Island – to chance upon grizzly bears, whales, and orcas. Cultural vultures will probably head for the sights and sounds of Canada's biggest Chinatown. From steaming dim sum for lunch to Chinese apothecaries offering herbs to soothe any illness, it’s all here thanks to the migrant workers of the 19th century.
Go to the Vancouver Lookout Tower for the ultimate 360-degree views of the city locked in eternal embrace of the beckoning wilderness. Walk to Stanley Park and wonder at the beauty of this cosmopolitan city's doorstep, with its pine-tree-clad park offering isolated trails and incredible vistas.  Wander into the Seawall that encircles it - a 20-mile coastal path full of joggers, whizzing skaters, and wandering couples. Grab a bike and cycle between Coal Harbour and Kitsilano Beach. Get a tan on any of its beaches.
 

Day 2: Cruise Inside Passage

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Alaska’s magnificent winter vistas, weaving through its rugged, snow powdered islands and slow-moving glaciers. Experience this great expanse as you traverse into a living natural artwork, mountains jutting from the shores and a smattering of islands completing the picture.
Used as a sailing route with its calm sheltered waters, chance upon killer whales or harbor seals swimming alongside your boat.  Seeing glaciers amble along the icy seas and the slow creaks and thundering boom of breaking ice gives you a sense of the power and magnificence of nature.
The Inside Passage is a journey of glaciers, remote hidden villages, and carved fjords – it is a breathtaking voyage through the intricate mesh of Alaska’s fractured, raw and spectacular coastal landscapes.

Day 3: Ketchikan, Alaska

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See why this beautiful land is called the Salmon Capital of the World.. This land is home to grizzly and black bears - as well as cruising whales and swimming seals. Spotting wildlife here is perfect.  Towered over by steep banks and valley walls, Ketchikan's ocean inlet is peppered with granite stacks, looming from the waters. Cruise through the waters, or soar just above in a sightseeing plane, to take in the full majesty of the magnificent Misty Fjords National Monument.
 
Head to the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary, and see eagles, black bears, and great, thick, yellow banana slugs - the squeamish are advised to keep well clear. See a collection of intricately carved totem poles rise, preserving the heritage of the indigenous Tlingit and Haida people of these lands at Ketchikan's Heritage Centre. Ketchikan has the world's most extensive collection and some of the oldest and most precious totems in existence. This frontier city hasn’t always been so wholesome, however. See the colorful historic street built on crooked stilts over Ketchikan Creek, which has a crude history as the central red-light district in the city. The brothels closed in the 1950s, but you can explore this legendarily seedy past at Dolly’s House - a brothel turned museum. See the Married Man trail, a historical route used to enter Creek Street away from prying eyes.

Day 4: Icy Strait Point, Alaska

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Icy Point boasts of the most stunningly beautiful scenery that Alaska has to offer. And that is saying a lot considering that Alaska is synonymous to miles and miles of unspoilt nature.
Imagine eagles soaring overhead, whales breeching before your eyes. Moody, low-hanging clouds set the scene while velvety green mountains provide the backdrop. Sparklingly clear waters lap at pebbly shores. These are beaches of the adventure kind, you won’t find sun loungers and sombreros here, more like kayaks and canoes, ready for those who want to take their discovery off shore.
That in itself is Alaska.
See for yourself why the village claims to have more bears than humans by taking an ATV ride and rider through the forests. Located on Chichagoff Island, 35 miles west of Juneau and right in the centre of Glacier Bay, Icy Strait Point began life as a salmon cannery business, providing employment for the residents of nearby Hoonah.

Day 5: Skagway, Alaska

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Find your fortune like the first settlers Skagway did. You can still feel the gold rush along this citys’ streets. Take a walk at Klondike National Historical Park and downtown to imagine a city during this golden era. While the gold may now be gone, a treasure trove of natural glory and history waits to be discovered here.
Explore the jagged mountain ridges - with peaks of white snow above a treeline of towering pine forests - providing a reward for the ages.Ride one of the world’s most spectacular railroads and go back to the days of adventure.our engine will puff steam below the precipitous, colossal scenery, while the vintage carriages curve around the White Pass & Yukon Route, alongside tumbling waterfalls and spanning deeply-etched gorges. Walkthrough historic trails like the Chilkoot Trail Hike, to explore in the well-trodden footsteps of the gold seekers.

Day 6: Icy Bay

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Icy Bay lives up to its frigid name. Gaze through Sapphire blue waters strewn with blocks of ice and the whole feeling is one of eerie, silent solitude. Yet, despite Icy Bay’s timelessness, it is a relative newcomer to the planet. Icy Bay as we know it is just 100 years old, formed by the retreat of the Guyot, Yahtse, and Tyndall Glaciers.
Described as “an indentation of the glacier face” by Captain Vancouver, the 30-mile strait was named but not recorded on any maps.
Today, it would almost unthinkable to not visit the superlative beauty of Icy Bay during a voyage to Alaska. The chilly waters are fed by a stream from the Saint Elias Mountain Range, making the surrounding scenery some of the most spectacular on Earth. Fjord-like conditions have proved a boon for migrating wildlife; expect harbor seals hauled out on bright-blue ice, a plethora of sea birds and marine mammals and even the odd grizzly perched on the side of the water. The weather might not always be on your side (Icy Bay’s temperature in August is just 11˚C or 50˚F) but if you like big, bold, beautiful coastline then wrap up warm and experience Mother Nature at her very best.

Day 7: Valdez, Alaska

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Admire and become part of this awesome landscape. Valdez is a spectacular coastal city tucked into the deep shores of Prince William Sound. With unspoiled wildness, majestic mountains, tidewater glaciers, and deep green rainforests this is a must-see.
Rent a boat or kayak and get up close and personal with Colombier Glacier, one of the fastest moving glaciers in the world. This huge chunk of ice is renowned for its dramatic carving, leaving colossal chunks of ice in the water.
Book a plane and see the scenery from up high with Flightseeing tours having the advantage of offering exceptional aerial views of the glacier and the surrounding Chugach mountains.
Valdez holds some of the oldest fish derbies in Alaska with big prize money, a testament to the superb fishing opportunities available. Hike trails of all levels of difficulty are well maintained and offer awesome views, including dramatic waterfalls and lots of wildlife. With eagles, seabirds, bears, seals, sea lions and sea otters all commonly seen, and whales and porpoises frequent visitors it can be hard to know where to look next.

Day 8: Seward, Alaska | Disembark

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Welcomed by magnificent sights like glaciers carving through itself and the surrounding mountains as whales languish into the deep blue framed by mountains, Seward and Kenai Fjords National Park offers one of the most awesome sceneries in the world. Fjords carve into the landscape, while the Harding Icefield - which caps Kenai Fjords National Park - reaches out its icy fingers, with glaciers spilling down between mountain peaks. Head to Holgate Glacier, to come face to face with a breathtaking stack of intense blue and white ice. You can go face to face with these colossal ice behemoths with a kayak or a quick boat ride, walk through the discarded confetti of ice chunks, and chance at witnessing an ice ledge creaking and groaning, before plunging to the waters below. Anchorage is adjacent, contrasting the wild wonders of Alaska. It is not uncommon for deep-sea fishermen to bump shoulders with businesspeople. It is a fascinating city called home by almost half of the Alaskan population. This small city’s skyline is humbled by the snowy peaks of the wilderness beyond. Soak in the unique culture, tradition and heritage of the First Nation people of these lands as well.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
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  • Excursions and activities as listed
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  • Personalized Service with a Butler for all Suites
  • Complimentary Parka 
  • One hour free WIFI per day for all guests. Unlimited free WIFI for guests sailing on select suite categories.
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare.
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
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  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Some champagne, premium wine and spirit selections, caviar, cigarettes and cigars are not included in your fare.
  • Transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day

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